AT least three people were murdered and four house robberies reported in Nelson Mandela Bay during the Christmas period.
Police also reported a number of attempted murders.
Police spokeswoman Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said Randall Bruintjies, 28, of Timothy Valley, was shot dead at 2pm on Christmas Eve in a house in Litchi Street, Jacksonville.
“[Bruintjies] was asleep in the room when two unidentified men entered the house and shot him multiple times,” she said.
At 3.10am on Christmas Day, the body of Missionvale resident Renaldo Maarman, 23, was found in Old Uitenhage Road near Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Vista campus.
He had been stabbed several times.
A Schauderville man, 29, was shot on Christmas Day at a garage in Liebenberg Road, Gelvandale, at 9.30pm.
“He had car trouble when he was approached by an unidentified man who fired multiple shots at the complainant who … ran inside the shop for cover,” Janse van Rensburg said.
She said the man, who had been wounded, was allegedly a Dustlifes gang member.
On the Day of Goodwill, two men fired several shots at a man in Arcadia, killing him..
He had been working on a vehicle at the front of a house in Yellowwood Street at the time.
“The incident occurred at about 6pm when the man was fixing a car with two friends.
“Two men approached them and fired several shots.
“The man was killed and a friend wounded.The other friend took cover under the vehicle,” Janse van Rensburg said.
Also on Friday, a case of attempted murder was opened after shots were fired at a vehicle parked outside a house in Jameson Road, Schauderville.
“The incident occurred at about 7.45pm,” she said.
“It is alleged that a white Mazda Etude drove up Jameson Road and stopped next to a red Audi.
“The men in the Mazda fired several shots at the Audi.
“The owner of the Audi came out of the house and fired back, using his own licensed firearm,” Van Rensburg said.
The Mazda then sped off and was later found abandoned in Glendinning Road, Schauderville.
A pedestrian was wounded in the incident.
Van Rensburg said there were also two housebreaking incidents in Albert Road, Walmer, on Friday, about two hours apart.
She said it was unclear whether the same robbers were involved in both cases.
In the first incident, a woman, 79, was robbed at 12.30am when three men kicked down the front door and barged into her home, demanding money and threatening her with a baton.
“The suspects searched her drawers and asked for her handbag, taking R3000 and her cellphone.”
Van Rensburg said at about 2.45the same morning, also in Albert Road, a man, 19, was woken up by a person holding a knife to his throat.
The robbers had gained entry by forcing open the back door and fled in the man’s Chevrolet Aveo with a computer, a television and a Kindle e-reader. – Lee-Anne Butler